Finalists in 2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards announced

Published on : Monday, February 22, 2016

Western AustralianThe finalists in the 2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards have been announced which include an inner-city Perth precinct of workers’ cottages, a heritage mill town in the South-West and the State Buildings on St Georges Terrace.

 
The awards, now in their 24th year, honour the heritage champions in the community for their contributions to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation.

 
Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said this year’s award finalists demonstrated the wide spectrum of heritage success stories across the State.

 
“The commitment of private owners of heritage properties has been especially highlighted this year. Among the 34 inspiring finalists are many passionate owners who have shown incredible dedication to conserving our heritage places for future generations,” Mr Jacob said.

 
“Past and present owners of simple workers’ cottages within the Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct have been working individually and collectively over many years to conserve and sensitively adapt their homes, which were in a poor condition.

 
“This shared passion for restoring their homes has created a wonderful sense of community in the precinct as the owners have worked together to bring the streetscape back to its original 1890s condition.”

 
The Minister said the finalists represented a diverse cross-section of volunteers, professionals, organisations and projects.

 
Finalists in the Conservation and adaptive reuse category include the adaptation of the former Denmark District Hospital into a community arts centre; the restoration of the State Buildings (Old Treasury Buildings/Central Government Offices) in Perth; and Fremantle’s National Hotel which has been restored after being ravaged by fire.

 
The winners will be announced on March 31, 2016 at the former Hale House, now successfully adapted into the award-winning Office of the Premier and Cabinet Room.

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